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Desert Gunner, Shiden

- #BT06/007

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2013

[AUTO]:When this unit is placed on (VC) or (RC), if you have a źNarukami╗ vanguard, choose one of your opponent's rear-guards, and that unit cannot intercept until end of turn.

Ratings Summary

Rating: 2.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating.

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Go Rogue,
Go Pro
What’s up, you guys?!  It’s Tuesday in our Grade 1, 7000 day, and today, we have…
Desert Gunner, Shiden
Power: 9000
Grade 2
Clan: Narukami
Race: Human
[AUTO]:When this unit is placed on (VC) or (RC), if you have a źNarukami╗ vanguard, choose one of your opponent's rear-guards, and that unit cannot intercept until end of turn.
            When I saw that we were reviewing this card, I had to do a double take because it was the oddest and most random of picks to have as a COTD especially for this week.  I really was thinking that we were talking about Desert Gunner, Raien (who is actually pretty damn good and would personally give it a 4/5 for it’s respective clan), but when I clicked the link, it showed this Grade 2, mediocre, waste of a RRR spot of a card.  The fact that this is only 9000 power is just alright and is normally backed by a extremely good skill (like Viviane for Gold Paladins, Berserk Dragon for Kagero or Deadly Spirit for Granblue…yes I went that far).  However, Shiden’s skill just leaves me sitting here thinking, “Why?”  I mean, it’s skill is alright in a mid-late game situation, but even then, it’s still just leaving me sitting here scratching my head on what else it can do…but that’s it.  Now, before people start blowing up my YouTube emails saying “But it’s 9000 power!  It can Intercept!”, so do/can all of the other previously mentioned cards and they are still being used to this day in their respective decks…even Deadly Spirit.  Shiden is practically an afterthought, and that will be solidified once the rest of the non-Eradicator support comes out and makes this card obsolete.
Rating: 2/5…and that’s being nice.
Next time: Fluttershy’s sister…maybe?
Go Rogue…Go Pro!!!
Desert Gunner Shiden

One of two rear guard stunners of Narukami, Shiden is the grade 2. When Shiden hits the board, you can select one rear guard on your opponent’s side, and it can’t intercept during that turn. He has a standard 9k power for a grade 2, which doesn’t distinguish him very much, so let us consider him by his effect alone. First of all, freezing a unit for a turn is not all that useful, especially in Narukami. In general, stopping something from intercepting is not as good as outright retiring it. In that respect, Dragonic Deathscythe has this guy outgunned. Additionally, intercepting doesn’t become an issue until you’ve ridden to grade 3, which, in Narukami, will ideally be Vermillion. Vermillion stops intercepts, and most likely retires them at the same time, so what was the point of dropping that Shiden that turn? And what if there are no units that can intercept at all?

These facts taken together, Shiden becomes a very situational card, overshadowed by an arsenal of more potent Narukami grade 2s.

Rating: 2/5 – Occasionally useful, but there are better grade 2s.
"Gale" Gaylord

I could have sworn this was supposed to be about Raien... but okay, I'll roll with it. o-o

Desert Gunner Shiden is a fairly underrated and underplayed card. It's not hard to see why when you look at the other Grade 2 options Narukami have at their disposal - solid 10K vanilla, solid 11K attacker, a Berserk Dragon clone, and a much appreciated unflipper. They're also much easier to come by, clocking in at sensible rarities. How on earth this ever made RRR status is beyond me.
Regardless, Shiden locks an intercept on the turn he comes down. This can be a strong play in the mid game, as it prevents an opponent from scaling their field into something better as easily as they'd normally be able to be. It's all the more effective when you catch an 8-or-9K Grade 2 without a booster (especial intercepts in particular) since their ability to fire back at you will be severely limited for a turn. And by the time their unit is freed up? Invalidated by a Vermillion Thunderbolt.
...or such is the concept, but unfortunately Shiden rarely sees play even as tech, much less accomplishes incredible things. The future isn't looking good for him, either, as new contenders for Grade 2 slots continue to appear. 2/5


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